The Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development (TICH) in Africa is an international research and training Institution, established in 1998 and registered with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Lands under the Trust Act in the Republic of Kenya. TICH specializes in health systems capacity building, research and community development. The institute pools together a large body of researchers of diverse backgrounds drawn from 11 countries in Africa with vast experience.   TICH has successfully provided capacity building, research, service delivery and technical support to governmental and non-governmental health and development  agencies in Africa over the last two decades.  Over this period, TICH has engaged policy makers, key partners and health program implementers in addressing health inequities in a number of African countries through research projects that have been translated into health policies. Through partnership, TICH has active multi-country North-South and South-South initiatives aimed at strengthening health systems for Universal Health Care (UHC) and quality of care and currently working with 13 Counties (Trans-Nzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Kisii, Migori, Garissa, Mandera and Kajiado)in Kenya to strengthen their health systems’ in implementation of community health strategy (GoK, MOH 2007).


Institution Type of network
1. The Consortium for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa (CHEPSAA) • Partnership between 7 African and 4 European universities/institutes from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. Strengthening African capacity in HPSR, and the field of HPSR in general.
2. The Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) The Association was established to fostering the practice of public health in Africa including advocacy for public health policy, research, training and technical collaboration such as development of curricular and modules. ASPHA is to be linked with the African Union and the secretariat is in Accra, Ghana.
3. Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) A network of Evangelical Faith based health institutions
4. 10 Counties in Kenya (Transnzioa, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Siaya, Kisumu, Hmabay, Garissa, Mandera and Kajiado) Partnership for Health System Strengthening
5. SIMAVI (Marlijn Lelieveld / Dorine Thomissen/Rens Saat / / Funding support for program to improve access to quality SRHR service and information by young people in 5 Counties, Western Kenya.
6. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) (Lane Bunkers (Country Representative) / George Okoth ( Funding support for implementation of an Operational Research Consultant: Incorporating Maternal Mental Well-being into an Early Child Developmental Program: Pilot Research using a Mixed-Methods Quasi-Experimental Design - Homa Bay County


Summary of selected Relevant TICH Past Projects and Activities

Employer Nature of Service
SIMAVI Increasing accessibility to SRH services by young people - program in 5 counties, Western Kenya Region
UNICEF / HERA Programme evaluation MNCH, Kenya
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Operational Research Consultant: Incorporating Maternal Mental Well-being into an Early Child Developmental Program: Pilot Research using a Mixed-Methods Quasi-Experimental Design - Homa Bay County
DFID Water, Sanitation and Nutrition
WHO WHO Country Health System Desk Review: 10 country report - for the WHO contribution to the WHO-WB-GoJ Background Report on “Making Progress towards UHC: Learning from Country Experiences” Presentation at the Tokyo UHC Forum 2017, Dec. 13-14, 2017 Background Paper (Assignment with Prof Margaret Kaseje and Dr. Charles Wafula)
WHO / HERA UHC evaluation of Ouagadougou and Algiers Declarations
CHAK CHAK Strategic Plan 2011-2016 and Three Year Program End Term Evaluation
WHO Development of Training Modules on Health Systems Strengthening, Africa Region
WHO Rapid Assessment and Health Systems Strengthening, Syria
IFRC Program Evaluation, Sudan
SIMAVI Integration of young people in the DHS for improvement of reproductive health of young people.
IFRC Program Evaluation, Somalia
CNHR Establishment of the Centre of Research Excellence in Health System Strengthening
SIMAVI Investment in human capital towards poverty reduction
Intra-Health Design and Development of education and training
CNHR Mentors of leaders in Health Systems Research Research Leadership Grant (RLG)
GHRI African Health System Initiative (AHSI)
UNICEF Scaling up of the Community Health Strategy (CHS), MOH
WHO Service Availability and Readiness Assessment
WHO/MOH Review of NHSSP 2, 2005 and Recommendation for NHSSP3
GHRI Strengthening nurses capacity in policy development
WHO/MOH Training of DHMT, PMHTs and Heads of Institutions
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